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happened in newtown connecticut has changed everything. do you have a sense there's a shift in the way? >> i think this is the straw that broke the camel's back, to be very honest with you, gwen. i don't see how americans can want, you know, a situation where a 20-year-oldgets gun fromis mother, kills his mother, goes into a school, shoots his way through the glass, goes in and puts three to 11 bullets in six-year-olds, 20 of them. now if you just do an average of five bullets, that's 100 bullets. so it's the big clip, drum or strip that is also banned from sale, manufacture, importation, transfer so it's the clip that enaes you toave the fire power. i gather this particular bushmaster you can actually sort of dial down the ease with which you pull the trigger and its frequency. so you can just pump those bullets out in a very few seconds. >> ifill: have you gotten any sense of a change of heart among the republican members of the senate >> i haven't had a chance to talk to republicans. i certainly will be doing that. i really kind of am busy fielding calls which is unusual. some 20 ca
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damage look for and find very easy to obtain in our society. we need to change that. that's what i'm trying to do. >> ifill: senator dianne feinstein, democrat of california, thank you >> thank you, gwen ifill: an administration official told the newshour today that the president has been talking with white house staff, the vice president and some members of the cabinet about ways the country can respond to the tragedy in newtown. >> woodruff: we devote the rest of the program tonight to the shootings in connecticut with the tough policy decisions ahead for lawmakers; the grieving in newtown; the questions and answers for teachers and students; plus, a special honor roll remembering those murdered. but first, the other news of the day. here's kwame holman. >> holman: a car bomb exploded outside a compound used by a u.s. construction company in kabul, afghanistan, today. the firm builds facilities for the u.s. military. two afghan workers were killed, and more than a dozen others were wounded. the taliban claimed responsibility. and in the east, villagers held funerals for nine youn
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and the waters are more acidic. >> this is a very dramatic change that has not been seen in the worlds oceans for more than 50 million years. >> woodruff: mark shields and david brooks analyze the week's news. >> brown: and gwen ifill sits down with michael beschloss, whose recent foray into the twitter-verse has opened up a new way to view history in the digital age. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: more people found work in november and more people stopped looking for work. as a result, the number of new jobs came in better than expected today and the rate of unemployment was the lowest since 2008. "newshour" economics correspondent paul solman begins our coverage. >> reporter: washington brightened yesterday when the annual switch was flipped; the white house christmas tree, relit.